To enable the natural curiosity of children to develop into a lifelong love of learning, Brawerman Elementary School offers a rich, personalized academic experience in the context of a warm, nurturing, and creative community. Students grow into kind, confident, independent thinkers and doers who are well prepared to apply their skills and abilities as they advance through life.We hold ourselves to the highest academic standards and a tradition of Jewish values that emphasize teaching, learning, personal and social responsibility. The inquisitive nature of Judaism, which invites the curious to explore, discover, and debate, provides the ideal learning environment.
The short history of Brawerman Elementary School is rich in achievements—from our strong academic and athletics programs, to the awarding of full accreditation, and to the successful matriculation of our graduating classes of Grade 6 students into the top secondary schools in Los Angeles. The growth of the arts, science, and technology curriculum has nurtured a community of inspired, academically proficient learners who are educated and spiritually enriched by joyful Judaism.
Brawerman Elementary School opened its doors in 1999 with an inaugural class of 10 Kindergarten students. Today, Brawerman Elementary is a distinguished, fully accredited K-6 school with two locations, one on the Westside at Olympic and Barrington, and the other on the landmark Temple campus on Wilshire Boulevard in Koreatown.
The founding of Brawerman Elementary School fulfilled the dream of Rabbi Harvey Fields, then Senior Rabbi of Wilshire Boulevard Temple, to build a Jewish elementary school of the highest standards. Nadine Breuer, an accomplished educator, provided the creative vision, extensive experience, and strong leadership skills as the Founding Head of School. Nadine led a team of educators, parents, clergy, and community members to build the infrastructure and support the growth and development of what would become the Geri and Richard Brawerman Elementary School of Wilshire Boulevard Temple, thanks to the beneficence and foresight of The Brawerman Family.
Nadine Breuer retired in 2016 and Brandon Cohen, a distinguished teacher and innovative administrator, succeeded her as Head of School.
Brawerman Elementary School East opened its doors in 2011 at the historic Wilshire Boulevard Temple Erika J. Glazer Campus. With an inaugural class of 18 Kindergarten students, Brawerman East is now a full K-6 elementary school with over 90 students and a full staff. Brawerman East students experience the highest academic standards with the added privilege of attending school at a historical landmark, a living example of Jewish history. In a dynamic response to education dynamic, Brawerman East fuses the past, the present, and the future into a compelling curriculum that roots students in the history of the Jewish people, develops students' sense of self, and prepares students to be good citizens in a multi-cultural city and world.
The redevelopment of Brawerman East facilities, a cornerstone of Wilshire Boulevard Temple’s restoration and redevelopment plans, was completed in 2015 and features brand-new state-of-the-art classrooms, a science lab, innovation lab, art studio, music room, library, Hebrew language center, new offices, playgrounds, and an athletic complex located on top of the 500-space parking structure.